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US Dallas to spend $60M on repairs, recovery from October tornado

06:55  07 november  2019
06:55  07 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The tornado that ripped through Dallas last month and left a trail of heavy damage across the area, including collapsed buildings and downed power lines, will cost the city $ 60 million in recovery efforts. According to The Dallas Morning News, city Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich said that about The release of any aid would require a disaster declaration by President Donald Trump. Reich said the city's emergency reserve fund currently holds about million and she expects about .4 million from that fund to go toward repairs . She told the Morning News she wants to replace that money in

The city of Dallas will be spending $ 60 million in recovery efforts after a tornado caused heavy damages destroying houses and downing power lines. The Dallas city council approved emergency funds to repair the damages that were caused by the tornado that ripped through parts of North North Dallas was hit by the tornado in October with maximum wind speeds of 140 mph, near Love Field Airport before moving northeast. On its way, it damaged the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, Fire Station 41 and Fire Station 35 which were insured. The city expects a complete return of the insured

The tornado that ripped through Dallas last month and left a trail of heavy damage across the area, including collapsed buildings and downed power lines, will cost the city $60 million in recovery efforts.

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According to The Dallas Morning News, city Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich said that about $45 million of that amount is uninsured, which is above the $38.5 million threshold for Dallas County to qualify for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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A tornado tore through Dallas in October leaving a trail of destruction that will cost the city $ 60 million in repairs and recovery efforts. Many of the uninsured homes will likely be unqualified for FEMA aid unless it is shown that 800 uninsured homes sustained major damage. The twister had touched down near Love Field airport and destroyed many homes and cutting off the power for many Dallas residents. …

The tornado came as the line of thunderstorms began moving through Dallas -Fort Worth just before 9 p.m., prompting severe weather watches and tornado warnings. The National Weather Service confirmed early Wednesday that radars showed a tornado had touched down in Arlington. That warning indicated winds up to 60 mph and penny-size hail were possible. But a severe thunderstorm watch for the counties that was scheduled to last until 2 a.m. Wednesday said gusts could reach 70 mph and left open the possibility of tornadoes , as well as hail.

TORNADO RIPS THROUGH DALLAS, LEAVING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER

City officials said they expected public agencies to qualify for FEMA aid, while uninsured homeowners likely would not. That's because the state must show that 800 uninsured homes were destroyed or sustained major damage for individual property owners to qualify for assistance. If Dallas County qualifies for public assistance, 75 percent of public agencies' costs will be covered by the government.

The release of any aid would require a disaster declaration by President Donald Trump.

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The list of confirmed tornadoes that walloped North Texas on Sunday grew by one Thursday, bringing the total Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster in order to get speedy help with cleanup and repairs . 12/22People walk amidst cars buried in the rubble of a destroyed auto repair shop on Northaven High School in Dallas , was damaged by a tornado , Monday, October 21, 2019

A tornado left a miles-long trail of heavy damage from northwest Dallas to Richardson late Sunday, and the National Weather Service was investigating reports that other funnel clouds had hit the area. The city of Dallas said early Monday that there had been no reports of deaths or serious injuries. Gas leaks were reported north of Walnut Hill Lane, the city said in its news release. Residents who smelled natural gas or suspected a leak were asked to evacuate the area and call 911 and the Atmos emergency line at 866-322-8667. Crews were working to repair numerous malfunctioning traffic signals.

Reich said the city's emergency reserve fund currently holds about $35 million and she expects about $11.4 million from that fund to go toward repairs. She told the Morning News she wants to replace that money in the city's budget next fiscal year.

"We are most certainly close to the next recession. It’s coming," she said. "I don’t know when, but I want the city to be prepared for it and potential flattening of revenue."

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The NWS said the tornado that ripped through North Dallas was an EF3 that had a maximum wind speed of 140 mph.

The twister touched down near Love Field Airport in North Dallas before moving northeast through the city, knocking out power for thousands. The tornado's path took it through the Walnut Lane area of Dallas before it moved through sections of Garland, Richardson, Rockwall and Sachse.

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